The San Ramon Planning Commission on Tuesday is set to discuss a proposed mixed-use apartment and commercial complex and a potential Wendy's drive-thru restaurant that would sit down the street from each other in northwestern San Ramon.
The fast-food chain restaurant would be located on vacant property at 2222 San Ramon Valley Blvd. while the San Ramon Valley Apartments mixed-use project would be added about a block away at 2251 and 2255 San Ramon Valley Blvd., a site that includes the Outpost Sports Bar and Grill and the Windmill Farms produce market.
The commission is set to lead off with the Wendy's project, a public hearing on the proposed 3,278-square-foot restaurant with drive-thru service.
The proposal calls for a single-story eatery with operational hours from 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily. There would be 29 parking spots on-site, more than double the required minimum of 13 spaces, according to city planning staff.
The Wendy's would sit on an existing 0.73-acre site on the east side of San Ramon Valley Boulevard, between the intersections with Purdue Road and Fostoria Way/Deerwood Road and backing up to Interstate 680.
The city is considering whether to approve land-use permit, and development plan and architectural review applications for the project. It would be exempt from California Environmental Quality Act guidelines as in-fill development, according to city associate planner Cindy M. Yee.
City officials recommend the commission receive their staff report Tuesday evening, open the public hearing, take citizen comments and continue the matter to Aug. 4.
Next up, the commissioners will hold a workshop about the proposed mixed-use apartment and commercial complex. The project is listed as a discussion-only item on the agenda, with no decisions to be made at the meeting, according to city staff.
The discussion will give the commission an opportunity to provide feedback to the applicant and property owners to see if the proponents have addressed comments from the May 5 commission workshop and if the project "is generally heading in the right direction," according to city associate planner Shinei Tsukamoto.
City planning staff thinks the applicant has responded to commission comments thus far and the project is on track to meet required development standards, Tsukamoto wrote in his staff report.
The updated proposal calls for 169 apartments with five live/work units, 2,477 square feet in new corner retail space, a two-level parking garage and retention of the existing 6,200-square-foot Windmill Farms market.
Those figures include adjustments since the May workshop, when the project included four more apartment units and almost 4,600 more square feet in residential space. The proposed commercial square footage has remained the same.
The project would be located at a 3.55-acre site on the west side of San Ramon Valley Boulevard at the corner of Deerwood Road, across from In-N-Out Burger.
The main complex would be four stories, with ground-level commercial spaces and apartments above. The residential component would include 26 affordable units (15% of the overall home count), with remaining 10% to be paid as in-lieu fee to fulfill the affordable-housing obligation, Tsukamoto said.
The project has been revamped several times since the original proposal in 2014, with reductions in overall apartment units (from 175 to 169), units per acre (from 49.3 to 47.6) and average building height (from 49.9 feet to 46.4 feet), according to Tsukamoto.
Following the workshop, the next steps for the San Ramon Valley Apartments complex would include preparing an environmental review document and returning to the Planning Commission for a public hearing at future date yet-undermined.
In other business Tuesday evening, the commissioners will discuss their liaison assignments. The meeting is set to start at 7 p.m. at San Ramon City Hall, 2222 Camino Ramon.